—Another anticipated restaurant is nearly ready to open on the near West Side, as Eden, the full restaurant from popular events and catering company Paramount Events, announced it’ll open to the public on Dec. 16 and started taking reservations. Chef Devon Quinn and team’s Mediterranean-tinged dishes include umami doughnuts, braised duck lasagna, and a lemon-green apple namelaka dessert. More to come on this opening at 1748 W. Lake St.
—Antique Taco’s Bridgeport expansion started serving up Sunday brunch this past weekend, DNAinfo reports, and even gave out 50 free churro doughnuts to customers. Dishes include churro tacos, habanero hot chicken biscuits, and Bridgeport coffee provides the caffeine at 1000 W. 35th St.
—Iliana Regan picked up another major accolade when Crain’s named the Elizabeth chef/owner to its annual 40 Under 40 list. Lou Malnati’s CEO Mark Agnew is the other restaurant person to make the cut. Regan’s newest restaurant Kitsune is delayed but should hopefully open relatively soon.
—Q-BBQ didn’t take off in the city, but that isn’t stopping founder Michael LaPidus from planning to open 200 restaurants around the country in the next 12 years (!), according to the Sun-Times. The original location in suburban LaGrange had Michelin Bib Gourmand status, and LaPidus has since expanded to Oak Park, Naperville, and Schererville, Ind.
—Four Corners Tavern Group is placing more focus on sweets, as the company behind a bevy of local barstaurants has hired a corporate pastry chef. Amy Arnold, most recently of Dineamic Group (Siena Tavern, Public House), is working on doughnuts, cakes, cookies, and more for the group’s 12 spots.
—Furious Spoon’s initial ramen classes must have been popular, as the company has announced it’ll offer more in 2017. The $95 two-hour sessions will take place on select Saturdays and Sundays next year, and you check out the schedule and tickets on Tock.
—And finally, you won’t have to pick between oysters anymore at Boka Group and Giuseppe Tentori’s ever-popular GT Fish and Oyster. The River North stalwart is now offering oyster tasting menus, consisting of four preparations (including a po’boy slider) for just $15 on Mondays through Fridays from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m.